Study opportunities in South America
Do you want to convince yourself of the beauty of the contrasting
continent? Then it could be an interesting option for you to study at one of the
numerous universities in South America. Based on statistics by
the university landscape
in South America is as diverse as the
landscapes in South America.
South American university systems in comparison
Probably the most renowned university system can be found in
Argentina, the country of the gauchos. The universities there enjoy a good
reputation in South America and internationally. Countries such as Chile and
Ecuador have also carried out extensive reforms in the field of education in
recent years and have aligned their study system with international
In contrast, there is a steep gradient in Brazil. On the one hand are the
numerous, rather mediocre private universities. On the other
side are the top state universities, whose quality is
comparable to that of German universities.
Semester abroad as the most popular form of study
Semester programs at universities enable students to study in South America
for one or two semesters. A semester abroad in South America is the most common
type of stay abroad among international students. There are multiple reasons for
- Free choice of course: Students enjoy the greatest
possible freedom when compiling their course plan. You can take courses from
a wide range of disciplines.
- Good chances of recognition: The study achievements in
South America are mostly recognized in Germany - and after consultation with
the home university.
- Improving your language skills: A semester abroad in
South America is a great way to improve your language skills. Those
interested in the Portuguese language are in good hands in Brazil. Spanish
is the official language in almost all other countries. Those who do not
have sufficient language skills at the start of their studies have the
opportunity at many universities to take part in a university language
course before starting their studies.
- Opportunity for financial support: Students who spend
one or two semesters abroad in South America can be funded by BAföG
abroad. The DAAD also offers numerous region-specific funding
programs for Latin America - an interesting option for students who
are drawn to Nicaragua, for example. And even those who finance their
studies in Germany with a student loan can usually easily have subsidies for
one or two semesters abroad.